Murray Bridge United rises to the occasion

Murray Bridge United's A grade team. Photo: Supplied.
Murray Bridge United's A grade team. Photo: Supplied.

Murray Bridge United's A grade rose to another level in the second half to score two half goals and beat an in-form MA Hawks in wintery conditions on Saturday.

Back in Division Two after 14 years and at the halfway point United are sitting equal second on the table.

There are now five teams all within six points searching for the Division Two title and the coveted promotion spots to the Premier Division.

A grade

MA Hawks were looking to consolidate second position on the ladder had the field advantage in the first half without being able to score against a resolute Murray Bridge team.

The second half was a different story with United steadily building goal mouth pressure.

At a United corner Centre Back Harley McFee drifted into the penalty area and slotted home the first goal in heavy traffic.

United's second goal came not long after when Graham Alypmic showing precise control, knocking down a bouncing ball and in one motion turned and hammered home the ball past a hapless MA Hawks Goal-keeper.

MA Hawks looked to their bench as they tried to get on the scoresheet late, but United held firm and finished the game with their second clean sheet of the season.

B grade

United bounced back in the second half to grab a point after going into half time two goals down against a dangerous MA Hawks.

United were caught out in a 10 minute period in the middle of the first half with MA Hawks scoring two pretty good goals.

United's second half revival got underway thanks to an expertly taken free kick by Stuart Bradshaw from 25 metres out on a slight angle.

Bradshaw was playing against his former team from last year so the goal had extra significance.

Second half substitute Tim Baldwin, scored the equalizer for United from a hotly contested ball swung into the six yard area. Neither side could find a winning goal in the free flowing later stages of high standard game.

C grade

United's C grade team were no match for the ladder-leading Greenacres Chiefs who scored 12 unanswered goals.

Credit must be given to United as they didn't thrown the towel in despite the one sided score.

They showed that they could string combinations together and trouble the best side in Division Six.

Tim Baldwin was desperately unlucky not to score a couple of goals both from well-constructed free kicks sent into the six yard area by ageless club legend Andrew Beavan.

Next game

Next week United are playing at home again against Adelaide Pumas. C Grade will be looking to grab their first win for the year against an evenly matched side. Both A and B Grade should have too much for struggling Pumas teams.

Scores

A Grade: Murray Bridge United 2 def MA Hawks 0

  • United goals: H McPhee 1, G Alympic 1

B Grade: Murray Bridge United 2 drew with MA Hawks 2

  • United goals: S Bradshaw 1, Tim Baldwin 1

C Grade: Bridge United 0 lost to Greenacres Chiefs 12